Happy Mardi Gras!

People of the Intertubes, you know it’s going to be a long day when you wake up wishing it was tomorrow already.  Tuesday mornings are always an adventure because Monday is the longest day of my week.  I start work at 7 am and I don’t get home from choir practice until 10:30 pm.  That is, unless we stop off for “bass sectional rehearsal” at the local pub which we did last night…and a couple pints of Guinness later, I’m home at around 11:30 pm and not in bed til 12 am.

So, needless to say, I’m pretty whipped today.  Literally, my first thought this morning was, oh, I wish it was Wednesday, which would be a day off for me.  Sadly, it is still Tuesday. But not just any Tuesday…

It’s Mardi Gras!

Now, I’ve been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans…twice.  It was a blast, but I know in my heart of hearts that I’m way too old for that nonsense now.  My first trip to Mardi Gras I slept on the floor of a hotel room near a parade route.  My friends J., A., J., and J. Yeah, you know who you are and I were experiencing each moment with fascinated naivete.Friends at Mardi Gras  My first introduction to Mardi Gras was the kid who face planted in the middle of the parade route at 10 am the next morning and then just got up like nothing was wrong and kept shuffling on.  We drank Huge Ass Beers and collected as much cheap plastic shit as we could lay our hands on.  We bought jester hats and drank our weight in rum.  We caroused til all hours of the night and day, saw more flesh than a plastic surgeon, and things that happen in NOLA, stay in NOLA.  We even got up early on Tuesday so that J. could get a Zulu coconut.  

My second trip to Mardi Gras, we stayed in an old house with bad plumbing (which probably isn’t even there anymore due to Hurricane Katrina) with a lot more people.  There was A., J., J., K., D., S. and S.’s friend whose name I cannot remember You were all there…you remember  Memorable moments from that trip include the air mattress that had a leak, J. clearly saying “turkey” while meaning to say “hurricane” Sorry man, the whole van heard it K. getting tagged in the head with a Bacchus medallion (one of the clay ones, OUCH!), my jester outfit which, if anyone has that picture, I’d love to have a copy and I’ll gladly post it here, S. snoring like a tractor early in the Mardi Gras Fleur-de-Lismorning and being pulled over in Tennessee on the way home when J. asked the trooper if he’d like some beads.

I love the idea of Mardi Gras, a complete Bacchanalian romp through New Orleans in anticipation of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  I love the pageantry, the surfeit of plastic beads and plastic boobs, the color and the noise.  Yet, there is quite possibly nothing sadder than a discarded mask in a rain soaked doorway on Ash Wednesday as you leave New Orleans.  I do know what it means to miss New Orleans and I’d love to go back…and observe, from a distance.

Oh well…life changes and we change with it.  In other news, the bathroom renovation is coming along nicely, hopefully it’ll be done by Sunday.  Then we can start on the kid’s room.  Congratulations to the Neighbors who are having twins!  And, I’ll be posting the results/answers of the movie quotes from the last post after I close this post.  It looks like mshellion won the Santa Claus Pez dispenser.

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Cinematic – Down the rabbit hole

Well, I feel as if I’ve neglected you intertubes!  It’s been many days since I last posted and I don’t really have a lot to say today.  Mostly, aside from work and church, I’ve been sucked in to the Facebook vortex and when I’m not doing that I’m watching a LOT of movies.  Netflix and DirecTV have been keeping me stocked with just about anything and everything you’d care to see.  With that in mind…be sure to check out the latest on the movie reviews page.

However, today, the movies and Facebook coincided in this latest meme in which I was tagged by my good friend, Big Guy (one of his many alter egos…or possibly personalities).  As such, I was unable to answer any of his (although one seemed familiar) and I thought I’d throw my own set out to you.  Play along…post your guesses in the comments and the person with the most right wins…wins…a gently used Santa Claus Pez dispenser (unfortunately, Pez sold separately).

The Rules

1. Pick 25 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions or going to my favorite movies list on my profile!
6. Tag 10 people who you especially want to answer and/or post their own list.
7. Anyone can play, even if you’re not tagged.

1. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.  The Empire Strikes Back – mshellion

2. To Sir With Love It seems that you know so little, and are so easily amused, that I can look forward to a very happy time.  

3. I realize how difficult it’s going to be in this god-forsaken place where you can’t find what you need, but there’s the challenge.  Bridge on the River Kwai – Big Guy

4. You know, I mean, I didn’t do you any favours on that day, ok? I did a stupid, stupid thing. But it was only because I thought spoiling your day was better than ruining your life. Does that make any sense? Run Fat Boy Run – mshellion

5.  I’ve lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading… and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest “He died.” Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – my wife, C.

6. Ladies and gentlemen… I guess that takes in most of you… Night At The Opera – Big Guy

7. We live and we die by the clock, that’s all we have. Cast Away – my Neighbor, S.

8. Definitely, Maybe No. What do you mean, ‘Will you, um, marry me?’ I haven’t seen you in weeks! You don’t look happy or excited about the prospect of our marriage! You’re asking me to give up my – my freedom, my joie de vivre for an institution that fails as often as it succeeds? And why should I marry you anyway? I mean, why do you wanna marry me? Besides some bourgeois desire to fulfill an ideal that society embeds in us from an early age to promote a consumer capitalist agenda? 

9. You’re killin’ me, Smalls. The Sandlot – Lenny

10. Now I know I’ve got a heart, ’cause it’s breaking…  Wizard of Oz – kylydia

11. Oh, you zip it, Doris! Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigshit. And that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?  A League Of Their Own – mshellion

12. Metropolitan I’ve always planned to be a failure anyway, that’s why I plan to marry an extremely wealthy woman.

13. You pay for that pee stick when you’re done! Don’t think it’s yours just cuz ya marked it with your urine! Juno – kylydia

14. It’s not often you see a guy that green have the blues that bad. The Muppets Movie – mshellion

15. You all wanna be looking very intently at your own belly buttons. I see a head start to rise, violence is going to ensue. Probably guessed we mean to be thieving here but what we’re after is not yours. So, let’s have no undue fussing. Serenity – Big Guy

16. Fuck you, batteries! Once – sarah

17. Oh, simple. I was nursing a director of General Motors. Kidney ailment, they said. Nerves, I said. And I asked myself, “What’s General Motors got to be nervous about?” Overproduction, I says; collapse. When General Motors has to go to the bathroom ten times a day, the whole country’s ready to let go. Rear Window – Big Guy

18. Spiders… the spiders… they want me to tap-dance. And I don’t want to tap-dance! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban TiffanyTaylor

19. Well, ain’t this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere! O Brother, Where Art Thou kylydia

20. You must chill. You must chill. Say Anything – Gleemonex

21. No, you’re *not* my family! I don’t wanna *be* your family! I hate you fucking people! Divorce? Bankrupt? Suicide? You’re fucking losers, you’re losers! No, please just leave me here, Mom. Please, please, please. Please… just leave me here.  Little Miss Sunshine – mshellion

22. The Hidden Fortress Get away from me! You stink of dead bodies! 

23. Hotel Rwanda I think if people see this footage they’ll say, “oh my God that’s horrible,” and then go on eating their dinners.

24. But for now, let me say – Without hope or agenda – Just because it’s Christmas – And at Christmas you tell the truth – To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you – Until you look like this. Love Actually – kylydia

25. Sorority Babes and the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama Old Uncle Impy is just a little bit cranky. No fun being locked up, especially in a bowling trophy.


So, that about covers it.  These are 25 movies that I have enjoyed, cried over, laughed hysterically, or…well, who knows…it’s 25 movies.  So, some are easy, but some I think might be ridiculously difficult.  Do your best, because that Santa Pez dispenser is just waiting for a good home.

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Beneath the night fire

I feel your lips whisper

They speak of a life; a love

undying and molten

beneath your breast.

A sharpened edge of silver liquid

burns deep in my throat

as I drink in your essence.

The scent of your being

brands desire on my heart.

We sit silently beneath the dark swaying trees,

the birds cooing softly their song for our love.

Our skin melts against one another,

as we breathe the night.

And the evening closes around us,

keeping us safe within its grasp.

© 2009

Seriously, sometimes the tequila really makes you ponder life’s deeper emotions.  And, often, there is nothing like poetry to examine and extrude that deep feeling which cannot be expressed.  I suppose that a drunken poem seems less than a poem written without outside influence, but it is no less meaningful or filled with desire.  Find that person which is your true love, your most desired, and bestow upon them that which no one can take from you.

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My Blog

I found this comic today and it’s very interesting thus far.  Holds my interest with its sci-fi references and geek humor.  Consequently, it may not be your thing, but I really enjoy it.  I also felt like this particular strip spoke to my little blog.

In other news:

  • Happy Birthday (yesterday) to my mother-in-law.  
  • The snow is falling, but the worst of the ice and snow seems to have moved on.
  • The Bells Hopslam made it into my top 10 beers last night.
  • I feel like I’m threatening a cold, but it hasn’t really blossomed, so we’ll just keep an eye on things there.
  • Friends from Facebook continue to post horrifying pictures from my past Aside: think middle school!
  • I’m going to have to drink coffee to make it through today.

See you in the funny papers!